The great Indian bustard.
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In a novel initiative to guard the critically endangered the good Indian bustard from colliding with stay wires, the Wildlife Conservation Society- India (WCSI) is putting in 1,848 fowl diverters on high-tension wires alongside a 6.5km stretch in Pokhran, Rajasthan.

“Fire Fly” fowl diverters are being put in as a part of a pilot undertaking over a specific stretch reverse the Pokhran Field Firing Range, which presents a secure habitat to a breeding inhabitants of nice Indian bustards exterior the Desert National Park (DNP) Sanctuary in Jaisalmer.

“When you see the diverters from a distance, they look like a string of fireflies perched on the wires. Basically, the diverter is a 6-inch-long and 4-inch-wide flap clamped on the wires and suspended in the air. These clamps rotate with the wind and are radio-painted. They are visible from around 50 metres away,” mentioned Anil Kumar, affiliate, WCSI.

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Collision with stay high-tension wires is the prime motive for mortality amongst nice Indian bustards, with as many as 15% of their deaths attributed to the trigger, in accordance with a report submitted to the National Green Tribunal by the wildlife division of the ministry of atmosphere, forests and local weather change.

Great Indian bustards are giant birds with distinctive black caps over their heads and are discovered within the Indian subcontinent. They are the heaviest flying birds within the nation and are protected beneath the Wildlife Protection Act. There are round solely 150 of them left in India, in accordance with the report by the wildlife division.

Since nice Indian bustards are heavy birds with restricted frontal imaginative and prescient, they discover it troublesome to alter their course of flight swiftly even when they spot a stay wire, mentioned Kapil Chandrawal, director, DNP.

Fire Fly diverters are the primary such diverters to be put in within the nation. Previously, spiral and enormous discs had been utilized in restricted areas to divert birds from stay wires.

Flock of Indian black ibis roosting on the diverter wires.
Sourced: WCS-India

Chandrawal welcomed the undertaking and mentioned that it could possibly develop into a case research for putting in fowl diverters to preserve the good Indian bustard inhabitants. “This kind of bird diverter has yielded good results, according to studies conducted by conservationists in many countries. We are looking forward to some data from this pilot project by WCSI. As for the adoption of these diverters in a large-scale manner, the matter is subjudice,” added Chandrawal.

Recently the Supreme Court of India, whereas listening to a plea on the matter, directed that energy traces within the nice Indian bustard panorama be made underground. Kumar mentioned that Fire Fly diverters may be put in at virtually one-fourth the price of laying the facility traces underground.

As the inhabitants of Great Indian bustards dwindles, the WCSI has partnered with the Rural India Support Trust (RIST), the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change, and the Rajasthan Forest Department for this initiative. This is part of its nice Indian bustard conservation undertaking.


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